My niece called at 6:30 this morning to tell me my sister had died. She was sobbing so I wasn't sure I heard her right. Honestly, I'm still in shock. It was totally unexpected. She was only 68.
I ran out of the bedroom and Sharaya and Ally were just getting ready to walk out the door when I told her, "Aunt Kathy died!" She immediately put down all her stuff and called Chuck and then Diana. I was still talking to my niece. We were both sobbing.
Ken (my sister's husband) had been sick but was starting to feel much better. Then Kathy started feeling sick. My nice talked to her on the phone on Sunday and Kathy said she didn't feel good. She was congested and had a hard time coughing up stuff. When they went to bed last night Ken said "she had a hard time finding the right words." During the night the heater went out so he went outside to fix it and when he got back to bed she was unresponsive.
We don't know if she had a stroke or a heart attack...
I called our other sister Deb and we cried for a while.
Chuck came back home from work, Diana came over and we spent the day looking through old photos. During dinner we watched home movies. It still doesn't feel real.
L-R Kathy's the oldest, then me, and Deb.
We took these when we visited them in Colorado in October of 2020. These are the last pictures I have of us.